Why Do I Have a Toothache?


Do you have a chronic toothache? Every wonder why you develop toothaches? Pain in your teeth can often be a warning sign of a serious oral health problem. Instead of ignoring the issue, you should see a dentist right away. With the right restorative treatments, we can address discomfort and restore your tooth to full function and health.

Possible Causes of Toothaches

A variety of factors can lead to persistent tooth pain, including:

  • A chipped or fractured tooth
  • A dental infection
  • A dental abscess
  • Sinus infection
  • Trauma

However, the most common cause is cavities caused by poor oral hygiene. When we fail to brush and floss properly, food becomes trapped between teeth and broken down by bacteria. This process coats the teeth in a layer of plaque and increases oral acidity. Soon, the outer enamel weakens and allows decay to form.

The Dangers of Tooth Pain

What’s so bad about a toothache? In addition to discomfort, a cavity will continue to spread. Eventually, bacteria can reach the inner pulp and cause an infection or possibly an abscess to form. At this stage, a root canal treatment will be necessary to address the pain. However, if treatment doesn’t occur soon enough, the tooth may require extraction to prevent the infection from spreading to surrounding teeth and the jawbone itself.

Treatment Options

We offer two quality restorative treatments to stop toothaches. With a dental filling, we remove decay and place a composite resin inside the decayed portion of the tooth. After curing the material with a light, the patient enjoys a lifelike restoration. Another option involves a dental crown. The crown fits over the visible portion of the tooth and is often recommended for severe decay that a filling alone can’t address. We create our crowns from either zirconia or porcelain, both materials look like natural tooth structure, so no one but you and the dentist will know you have a crown.


James Steward, DDS, and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.